I saw this one one of my friends blogs, who saw it on one of her friends blogs.
"Life isn't always easy. At some point in our journey, we may feel much as the pioneers did as they crossed Iowa- up to our knees in mud, forced to bury some of our dreams along the way. We all face rocky ridges, with the wind in our face and winter coming on too soon. Sometimes it seems as if there is no end to the dust that stings our eyes and clouds our vision. Sharp edges of despair and discouragement jut out of the terrain to slow our passage. Always, there is a Devil's Gate, which will swing wide open to lure us in. Those who are wise and faithful will steer a course as far from such temptation as possible, while others - sometimes those who are nearest and dearest to us- succumb to the attraction of ease, comfort, convenience, and rest. Occasionally, we reach the top of one summit in life, as the pioneers did, only to see more mountain peaks ahead, higher and more challenging than the one we just traversed. Tapping unseen reservoirs of faith and endurance, we, as did our forbears, inch ever forward toward that day when our voices can join with those of all pioneers who have endured in faith, singing: "All is well! All is well!"
Elder M. Russell Ballard
Life has been crazy lately and I have had so many things that I have felt kind of bogged down by. Dealing with the news of Kirs's dad and dealing with other stresses and family things, I have often times felt like the worlds #1 failure and that I have not been able to mesure up to what I have needed to be or others have felt I to be. I know that our lives are ment to have these triles for they truly will make us stronger, but it's always nice to have the reminder that these things are for our growth and that we will not be in these situations forever, that life brings change and sometimes it's good change and sometimes it's not the change we wanted or thought that we could handel, but that with each trial comes the gentle hand of the atonement and that we can feel the love our our Heavanly Father and our Savior and that will bring us greater faith, hope, love and joy, not only after the trial but though it as well. What great examples those who went before us were. And what a great reminder that we can do anything by just simply inching forward.